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Boat Hire, £7

Avon Boating

Avon Boating


Fleet of vintage Edwardian passenger vessels departing for regular 40 minute river trips from our Boathouse in Swan's Nest Lane, or from the moorings on Bancroft Gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Free digital audio guides are available on-board to provide commentary of the sites found along the River Avon.

Group booking are accepted and special packages. Groups can be dropped off for lunch or dinner at The Bear pub and Le Bistrot Pierre at the Swan's Nest Hotel, or the Thai Boathouse restaurant. Larger events may be accommodated with a marquee on our lawn adjacent to the river, including buffet, barbecue and bar.

We also offer a river treasure hunt in small boats, and hire rowing boats, punts and self-drive motorboats by the hour. And by prior booking a special trip on our own Venetian Gondola.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for groupsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Our Boathouse is only a short walk for the Pay & Display carpark on Swan's Nest Lane. Nearest public toilets are behind The View Fish & Chip Restaurant.

Open all the time


Group Rates:
Adults £7.00
Children £5.00
Concessions £6.00
Family Ticket £22.00 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)

Minimum 10
Maximum 200

(Prices are per forty minute river trip)


Swans Nest Boathouse,
Swans Nest Lane,
CV37 7LS




Plan route to Avon Boating Limited using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SP 205548  Lat: 52.19115 Long: -1.70065

From Stratford town centre, cross over the road towards the river and go along Waterside. Avon Boating is on your left-hand on the river front within the Bancroft Gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Parking: with charge


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Our Boathouse is only a short walk for the Pay & Display carpark on Swan's Nest Lane. Nearest public toilets are behind The View Fish & Chip Restaurant.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)
    • YesHas a ramp


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children


Avon Boating Ltd is an outdoor visitor attraction. At no point do the general public enter a building. River bank is clearly marked. The general public are assisted in entering any water craft by trained staff members. Due to the nature of our boats we are unable to take wheel chairs aboard any of our water craft. Any body with the ability to leave their chair is assisted safely into the water craft. For further information on access please contact us on 01789 267073.